- Dec 6, 2010
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IIRC, that's was an nforce2 chipset which most boards supported dual channel ram in that gen.ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard is notable in that it is either the first or one of the first motherboard that supported dual-channel RAM.
I fixed a bricked motherboard after a failed BIOS update by hot swapping this chip. Don't remember what board it was. I put floss under the chip to cleanly pull it out while it was running.Here is the 4MB BIOS from the initial release of the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard in November 2002. Since the BIOS is in a socket some people said they were able to revive a bricked motherboard by hot swapping a BIOS chip from a good motherboard. The ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard is notable in that it is either the first or one of the first motherboard that supported dual-channel RAM.
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While it is true that dual-channel memory controllers have been around for over twenty years, it was only available in servers and high-end workstations. The ASUS A7N8X Deluxe was the first mainstream PC motherboard to offer this support in November 2002. The lower cost ASUS A7N8X motherboard did not support it. Today the memory controller is included in the CPU itself. Back then the dual-channel memory controller was part of the nForce2 chipset. The CPU I have is a AMD Athlon XP2800+. It is notable that dual-channel memory kits which include matched sets of memory sticks did not exist back then. The ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard was very picky about RAM so it was hit or miss finding compatible RAM that worked in dual-channel. I lucked out that the 2 sticks of Corsair XMS RAM I bought worked in dual-channel mode. However, it was expensive at $378 for 1GB of RAM.IIRC, that's was an nforce2 chipset which most boards supported dual channel ram in that gen.
... since we're in a random history thread, dual channel ram has been around for decades (60s).
In 2003, Intel Corporation decided to launch a new motherboard architecture utilizing dualchannel memory into the mainstream computer market. Up until this point, all Intel-based mainstream computers were only available with single-channel memory. The number of memory channels has a significant effect on a computer's overall performance. The GHz number is no longer the sole criterion for determining system performance. Dual-channel memory has been used for many years in higher-performing systems such as servers and workstations and is quickly becoming a part of mainstream computing.
Right. So any boards using that chipset also support it (though not all). Didn't a slew of boards release on a specific day (similar today's launches) so any launched that day would be a first?Back then the dual-channel memory controller was part of the nForce2 chipset.
The nForce2 chipset was released by Nvidia in July 2002. Several motherboards came out with this chipset but the ASUS A7N8X and ASUS A7N8X Deluxe were the first. When I preordered the AMD XP2800+ CPU from Newegg in October 2002 the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe was the only motherboard available that supported dual-channel.Right. So any boards using that chipset also support it (though not all). Didn't a slew of boards release on a specific day (similar today's launches) so any launched that day would be a first?
Intel's dual-channel arch came out later, indeedereeno! Not sure I count the 840 and RAMBUS in the late 90s..